How to Groom A Dog at Home in 10 Simple Easy Steps

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How to groom a dog properly is a critical Part of being a responsible dog owner.

I’m pretty sure you love snuggling with your dog. After a hard day at work, you seek comfort in your puppy’s soft and clean coat but what will you do when you find yourself snuggling a tramp instead of a lady?

Every pet parent should groom their furry son on a regular basis to avoid any potential health issues

The American Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals suggests the following grooming tips

  • Cut back on hairballs, dirt, and tangles by brushing and bathing your dog on a regular basis
  • Avoid infections caused by growing nails into the pads by trimming your dog’s claws regularly
  • Gently clean your dog’s eyes and ears, check for any signs of infections such as mucus surrounding the eye or an excess of debris in the ear.

That was the Why but what is the How

Don’t worry we got you covered.

How to Groom A dog in 10 Easy Steps and Keep Him in Top Condition.

Set Up The Session

woman with a dog in the garden. woman is preparing to trim dog nails that are over grown

Choose a room that is well-lit or you can do it outside using the sunlight

Try to have your dog stand still. If you can’t, try to ask for the help of a friend or, and I don’t like that, you can use a leash.

Assemble Your Grooming Tools :

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Before you start your grooming process, make sure you have everything you will need in one place.

Here is basically what you will need ( a brush or a comb, scissors, clippers, shampoo, towels) for more on this

Remove Any Mats or Tangles :

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Matted hair can be a problem if you didn’t deal with it before a bath.

Use a comb to go through your fluffy friend’s hair and try to work out any tangled hair you may find.

For more on How to get mats out of dog hair.

Bathing and Washing :

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You can’t tell if the dog likes it or not. Sometimes you will find your dog’s eyes sparkle with joy, Other times your dog will run as fast as he can trying not to get wet.

Use high-quality shampoo for your puppy’s sake.

For more on How to bathe your dog without getting soaked .

Shaving your dog :

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It’s better to use clippers than scissors, they are safer and will get the job done much faster.

Make sure they are sharp so they won’t catch and pull on your dog’s hair.

Trim Your Dog’s nails:

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First, make sure your puppy is used to the noise of the clipper or the nail grinder you gonna use so he won’t freak out when hearing it.

If your dog has white nails, clip until you see the pink (the quick), and if your dog has black nails, clip a little at a time until you see a solid black dot on the tip

Cut The Dog’s Hair :

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Several reasons to give your dog a haircut:

To remove knots, to allow them to see clearly, for hygiene reasons or simply to keep them cool in the summer.

Clean The Ears :

To clean your dog’s ears, apply some ear cleaning solution (you can buy that from any pet store) to a cotton round.

Be careful with the amount of the cleaning solution or it will drip into the ear while wiping. Wipe dirt and wax away from the inner ear, but don’t rub vigorously, as this might cause sores.

Don’t push too far into the ear, either.

The groomers rule of thumb is to clean only what you can see.

Brushing Teeth :

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Just like ours, your dog’s teeth will get dirty and start to decay over time, unless you take good care of them.

Use a dog toothpaste and toothbrush and don’t use any human products as they contain fluoride which may poison your dog.

Make sure your dog is comfortable with you touching his teeth or you will be in danger of getting bitten.

Ease your dog into the process and that takes us to the next step.

Training Your Dog to Enjoy Grooming :

Try to make your dog feel comfortable while grooming.

As much as you can, pat and stroke them in the chest area or any other favorite spots he likes, reward him with tasty treats for being calm while grooming.

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This will help to minimize any sudden reactions you will get from your dog during the grooming process.

Make sure your dog feels it’s a fun time for him and that will make the grooming process much easier.

Finally, How to groom a dog is a gradual process that needs practice and patience.

Take your time while grooming your dog and don’t be in rush, you are dealing with a delicate living being that you can easily injure if you’re not careful.

How to groom your dog could a daunting task for you. But Your dog deserves your dedication of time and effort. So that the next time you snuggle with your furry friend, you snuggle with a lady, not a tramp.

So what’s the cutest experience you had while grooming your fluffy buddy, tell us in the comments.

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